George Massenburg Employs Sanken Mic on Recent Project

May 28, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Renowned producer/engineer George Massenburg recently employed the Sanken CU-44X microphone for much of the new album,Sweet Is the Melody, from 12-year-old Canadian prodigy Aselin Debison; the effort was co-produced with Peter Asher.

"I recorded almost everything with a pair of Sanken CU-44Xs," explained Massenburg. "It's simply a classic microphone that seems to have been overlooked amidst the plethora of new mics on the market these days. On acoustic guitar, the CU-44X has incredible range; a big, flat low end; and fantastic high end. From any perspective, it is flat, clean and very extended. For Aselin's vocals, it was superb, transparent and gave me great clarity and range. Percussion was fast and clean.  Drum overhead miking was clean and linear and no low-end mush; a nice, useful cardioid pattern. For strings, this microphone outshines even the honored benchmark mics of the past. On acoustic piano, we got a big sound, well-separated tones, clean high end, warm low end and nice attack. The high-frequency response of this mic is unbelievable; best I've heard, and ready for the 96kHz sampling future."

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